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* Malaysian court refuses to transfer Sri Lankan envoy's assault trial to Kuala Lumpur court
Thu, Apr 20, 2017, 01:03 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Apr 20, Kuala Lumpur: The Malaysian court High Court in Kuala Lumpur today dismissed the application by the prosecution to transfer the case of three men charged with assaulting the Sri Lanka's envoy to Malaysia from the Sepang court to Kuala Lumpur on security grounds.

Sri Lanka's High Commissioner in Malaysia Ibrahim Sahib Ansar fearing for his safety has requested the court to move the trial on his assault from the Court in Sepang District to capital city of Kuala Lumpur.

The Sri Lankan envoy was assaulted by a group of people at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) on 4 September 2016 when he was at the airport to send off the visiting Sri Lankan Minister Daya Gamage and Deputy Minister Anoma Gamage.

The Sri Lankan envoy said he believed that his safety was not guaranteed if he were to attend the trial in the Sepang Sessions Court as witness because large groups of Tamils had gathered there during the last two case managements.

The High Court Justice Nordin Hassan said the grounds raised in the application pertained to law and order and applicant and the witness could complain to the trial judge and law enforcement agency if they are unhappy about the crowd outside the Sepang court

The judge said it is not a good reason to transfer the case from Sepang.

As such, the three accused will be tried at the Sepang Sessions Court, Malaysian media reported.

Lawyer M Manoharan, who is appearing for the accused said today the case would be mentioned before the trial judge on May 3 to fix the trial dates.

Tamil businessmen of Indian origin A. Kalaimughilan, 26, V. Balamurugan, 33, and V. Ragunathan, 38 had claimed trial in the Sepang Sessions Court last year to charges of assaulting Ibrahim.

The High Commissioner said he was still traumatized by the brutal Sept 4 attack on him at KLIA, a public area which should have tight security measures.

"I fear for my safety and security if the trial is to be continued in Sepang," he said in the affidavit, adding that he had lodged a police report to express his concern.

He said he felt safer to have the trial heard in Kuala Lumpur as security measures there were tighter and better.

Ibrahim said Tamil groups had attempted to harm the staff of the Sri Lankan High Commission and a former prime minister at a Buddhist temple during his visit to Malaysia.

An appalling lack of security at the airport and a corrupt Malaysian administration were blamed for the brutal assault on the Sri Lankan High Commissioner.

Envoy Ansar had alerted the police well in advance about a potential threat to Sri Lankan dignitaries in view of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa's visit to Kuala Lumpur to attend an international political parties' conference last year. But no special security systems were put in place.

 


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